10 Perfect Disney Movies To Watch During The Holiday Season, Ranked According To Metacritic

The holiday season is the time for family and friends, having fun, and enjoying the festive spirit. It’s often a time of the year when people like to snuggle up and watch a few movies, and there’s nothing better during this period than watching a few Disney movies.

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Whether it’s some of Disney’s classic animations that leave a warm feeling, or some of the incredible Christmas movies that the company has created, there’s plenty to be enjoyed on Disney+. The movies are always fun for the entire family as well, appealing to adults with strong stories, while also being a lot of fun for younger viewers at the same time.

10 The Nutcracker And The Four Realms – 39 (2018)

Nutcracker and the Four Realms Richard E Grant Keira Knightley Eugenio Derbez Mackenzie Foy

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a fantastic fantasy movie that is stuffed with vibrant colors and charismatic characters, which creates an incredibly enjoyable movie. This one follows Clara, who learns that she has been left an inheritance from her mother that allows her into a magical world.

She enters it to find fairies and other characters such as toy soldiers that are all able to come to life. However, there is a task at hand for her as she holds the key to their future, and that leads to a fantastic journey taking place which is really fun to watch.

9 Noelle – 48 (2019)

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Noelle was created specifically for Disney+’s release and because of that, it might be one that has slipped under the radar of some people. However, this is a really fun Christmas movie that focuses on what happens when Santa Claus needs to be replaced.

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Well, of course, his two children have to step up to the mantle and deliver Christmas to the world. With Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader bringing their comedic chops to this one, it has plenty of laughs throughout to entertain the whole family.

8 Disney’s A Christmas Carol – 55 (2009)

Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge being taught a lesson by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, and in 2009, Disney decided to tell that story in a new way. While keeping the classic elements of the tale, Disney added its own animated touch.

Jim Carey plays the role of Scrooge brilliantly, adding a lot of personality into the movie. It’s one that has great moral lessons for people, and with so many fun characters, there is sure to be something in this one that people will enjoy over the holiday season.

7 The Santa Clause – 57 (1994)

This is one movie that has become a Christmas classic for most people, with Tim Allen going from being a normal, everyday man to all of a sudden becoming Santa Claus. He gets put in that position after injuring the real man, and seeing him try to navigate the new world brings a lot of fun.

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The movie might be all about Santa and delivering Christmas, but it is really about his relationship with his son, and seeing that in a festive setting is a lot of fun. With two sequels coming from this due to its popularity, it’s obvious why this is a must-watch at Christmas.

6 The Muppet Christmas Carol – 64 (1992)

As long as you can sit through Michael Caine’s questionable singing, The Muppet Christmas Carol is an incredible Christmas movie that everyone should watch during the holiday season. The movie tells the classic tale of Scrooge with all of your favorite Muppet characters, and it’s a real joy to watch.

It’s just a good-hearted, family film. There’s great music, some fantastic characters, and of course, the story is a classic that never gets old. Seeing the Muppets within this story playing the roles that people know so well is a lot of fun, with this being something everyone can enjoy.

5 Frozen II – 69 (2019)

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One of Disney’s newest movies is one that people should absolutely sit down to enjoy during the holiday season. There are fewer winter elements in the sequel than its predecessor, but it is still a film that just feels right to watch during this time of year.

This movie steps things up in terms of action, and that does create some really fun scenes. There are new characters introduced that fit right in, with those that people know and love still getting time to shine. Olaf is just as funny, the songs are just as catchy and the film is just as enjoyable.

4 The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe – 75 (2005)

The Chronicles of Narnia trio

The Chronicles Of Narnia is a fantastic series of movies, but it really is the original that is the strongest of the bunch, and it is also the one that fits the best for the holiday season. Once the children step through the wardrobe, they enter the wintery world of Narnia, which is the perfect setting for a Christmas movie.

This one has everything you could want at this time of year. There’s heart and kindness, great characters to connect with, and a clear villain to dislike. There’s a good mix of humor and emotion with some action thrown in which makes for a really exciting movie.

3 Frozen – 75 (2013)

When it comes to festive movies that can be watched on Disney+, Frozen really is one of the ultimate choices. This might not be directly tied to Christmas or the holiday season, but the wintery setting does make it a great movie to watch at this time of the year.

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Of course, Frozen was a mega-hit for Disney and there’s a reason for that. It’s an amazing movie that is jam-packed with incredible music and a thrilling storyline, with this princess film having some surprising twists and turns, showing the importance of a bond between sisters.

2 A Nightmare Before Christmas – 82 (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas Hinterlands Jack Skellington

When it comes to Christmas movies, this one is considered by many to be a classic, and rightfully so. While A Nightmare Before Christmas does have some dark moments, that is what makes this movie unique within the Christmas genre.

However, those darker, creepier moments are still done in a fun way, mainly because Jack Skellington is full of charisma and charm. The way he loves Christmas and wants to explore that creates a lot of fun, adding to a movie that has some amazing music and a really enjoyable plot.

1 Mary Poppins – 88 (1964)

Mary Poppins 1964

While this might not be a classic Christmas movie, there’s no doubt that Mary Poppins is a lot of fun to watch during the holiday season. People love watching a classic during this festive time and that’s exactly what this musical is, filled with heart and kindness.

The movie has touches of magic and an amazing plot, along with tons of fantastic characters that all bring something totally different to the film. It gives the warm feelings that everyone wants during the holiday season, and is one of the best movies of all time, so who wouldn’t want to watch it?

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Updated: November 21, 2020 — 1:00 am

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